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Old 12-28-2013, 02:46 PM
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I get mulch for $30/ a yard and I triple the cost to spread it.
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Old 12-28-2013, 09:48 PM
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I charge by the hour no matter what the job is plus what ever materials I have bought for the job..it seems to work best for me...
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Old 12-29-2013, 02:50 AM
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bag mulch is a better way to go....been in biz 25 yrs. have done mulch every way possible and bag mulch always works better...more net $$ on bags and better tracking of amount...the additional labor to load and unload bulk kills the cost saving on material...our price per bag depends on the type of mulch but avgs. about 5.50 per bag installed..our cost is about 2.25 including labor.
Agree 100%. We probably average $2.50 per bag for labor and $3.79 retail for the mulch. The installed per bag rate could be as low as $5.65 or as high $7.50.

In yards (13.5 bags) you'd be looking at $76 - $101.
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Jim, I have a lot of respect for you but we all know that not any yahoo with a truck can finish a high quality mulch job. We have all seen what hacks do, edging looks terrible, mulch in the grass, didn’t clean up the site, left dye stains on driveways. In Maryland 90% of the jobs are with dyed mulch.
A little bit of horticultural knowledge can go a long way when doing an estimate for a mulch job. Explaining to a customer that they need to prune a shrub a certain time of year or pointing out that there are scales on a plant can gain you there business later.
I charge $100 per yard and give discounts to people when the job needs more than 15 yards. Accessibility and the amount of plants in the beds will result in an increase in price.
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Old 01-10-2014, 03:46 PM
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On the 100+ yard jobs do you guys knock the price down? or just keep the same price throughout from 5-400?
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We pay 19 per yard if we purchase 10 yards at a time . charge 70 per yard plus garden prep ( edge and rake out )
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On the 100+ yard jobs do you guys knock the price down? or just keep the same price throughout from 5-400?
Never done one that big but I knocked the price of 31 yarder down by 1 buck a yard.... the owner was pleased
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Old 01-10-2014, 04:22 PM
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On the 100+ yard jobs do you guys knock the price down? or just keep the same price throughout from 5-400?
I did a job back in 2004 where I subcontracted out a 240 yard job ($77.18 a yard). The EBS company bid the job over the phone for about $10,500 which was what I figured my own cost to be. I bid the job at $18,525 and while I was waiting to see if I got the job I told the EBS company to go look at the job and see if they could do better. They looked at how easy the job was and lowered the price to $8500 ($35.41 per yard). I got the job subcontracted it out and counted my money. Easiest $10,000 I ever made.
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Hey guys. I just purchased a dump truck for leaf season. So far so good. Now I need to to bring in more income from mulch since the leaf season is over. Any suggestions on how to market mulch delivery/installation? Last year I was getting bark for around $40 per yd. We charged $75 installed. I know I will have to charge $100 per cu yd installed and delivered for 2014.
So, how can I market myself in order to increase mulch job. Wether it be just delivering and/or installation
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Hey guys. I just purchased a dump truck for leaf season. So far so good. Now I need to to bring in more income from mulch since the leaf season is over. Any suggestions on how to market mulch delivery/installation? Last year I was getting bark for around $40 per yd. We charged $75 installed. I know I will have to charge $100 per cu yd installed and delivered for 2014.
So, how can I market myself in order to increase mulch job. Wether it be just delivering and/or installation
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Direct mail using a filtered list geared towards higher end homes. I use cactusmailings.com and infousa.com. I'm lucky to be in an area with over 20,000 millionaires. I target the million dollar homes first and work down the list. I target homes built in the last 15 years and send out postcards in batches of 5000. I don't ever try to sell much via direct mail but advertising for maintenance brings mulch as well.

People with newer homes tend to be care more about their homes and are willing to pay for professional upkeep. People with older homes are more apt to have that Bubba or Jose yard guy who works for cheap.
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